After receiving an extravagant Christmas list from his 12-year-old son, Michael Johnson decided that things needed to change.
“I didn’t want to raise a spoiled child,” Johnson explained. “So we decided to take some steps to give him a little bit more of an education about the realities of life.”
The solution? Burritos for the homeless.
On December 2010, Michael and his wife Mehrnaz, together with alec and his friend made 54 egg and cheese burritos to feed the homeless in downtown San Diego.
“I first thought it was actually a punishment to teach me a lesson,” Alec recalled. “But it turned out to be fun.”
After that day, a tradition was started and a new non-profit group Hunger2Help was born. Now, a group of 7 boys, dubbed “Burrito Boyz” spend every Sunday delivering burritos to the homeless.
”They give out clothes, they give out the water. They give you a hot meal,” explained Jeff as he waited in line for his burrito. “The whole morale of the day is this awesome feeling knowing somebody does care.”
“Anything can happen if you take the fist step. I’m shocked at what’s happened with this little project,” Michael added. “Now there’s a major impact, and it just took us doing something, taking action, and I think if you do that with anything in life, just take that first step, it’s amazing what can happen, what the opportunities are ahead of you.”